Why do we need to filter compressed air?

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 December 14, 2023

Filtering compressed air is essential for various reasons to ensure the proper functioning and longevity of compressed air systems and equipment. Here are some key reasons why filtering compressed air is necessary:

Equipment Protection: Compressed air filters act as the first line of defense for your pneumatic equipment. They prevent contaminants from entering the system and causing damage to sensitive components like valves, cylinders, and air motors. By keeping the air clean and free from harmful particles, filters help extend the lifespan of your equipment and reduce maintenance costs.

Product Quality: Where compressed air is used for product manufacturing or processing, the air quality becomes crucial. Contaminants in the air can contaminate products, affecting their quality and even causing health and safety concerns. Compressed air filters ensure that the air used in these processes is of a high standard, free from particles that can compromise the integrity of the final product.

Energy Efficiency: Clean air is essential for the efficient operation of pneumatic equipment. Contaminants in the air can cause blockages, increase friction, and reduce the system’s overall performance. This can lead to higher energy consumption and increased operating costs. By removing these contaminants, compressed air filters help maintain optimal system performance and improve energy efficiency.

Worker Safety: Depending on the industry, compressed air can be used for various applications, including cleaning, drying, and powering pneumatic tools. When the air contains contaminants, it can pose serious health risks to workers. Compressed air filters help ensure that the air used for these applications is safe and clean, protecting workers from inhaling harmful particles or substances.

Pattons offers filters you need for your compressed air system. Contact us today for more information.

Pattons offers ELGI Airmate Filters

ELGI's Airmate Filters(AF) are suitable for all applications that require filtered air for reliable performance. AF series filters provide the customer with best-in-class filtration and the lowest pressure drop. The filters are manufactured in compliance with applicable international standards (ASME, CE, CRN) and designed according to international quality standards.

You can schedule an appointment with our Pattons Systems Specialist to understand the right choice of compressed air filters suited for your specific industrial needs based on your temperature and pressure loss tolerances.

Benefits of ELGi Airmate Filters

Types of Compressed Air Filters

Several types of compressed air filters available, each designed to target specific contaminants and provide different levels of filtration. The most common types include:

Coalescing Filters (Pre-Filter) P: Coalescing filters are used to remove oil and water droplets from the compressed air. They work by capturing these contaminants and allowing them to merge into larger droplets that can be easily drained away.

Particulate Filters (Fine Filter) F: These filters are designed to remove solid particles, such as dust, dirt, and rust, from the compressed air stream. They typically use porous media, such as paper or synthetic elements, to trap and hold these particles.

Carbon Filters (Absorber Filter) C: Activated carbon filters are used to remove odors, vapors, and other gaseous contaminants from the compressed air. They contain a bed of activated carbon that absorbs these substances, leaving the air clean and odor-free.

Maintenance and Replacement

Regular maintenance and periodic replacement are essential to ensure the effectiveness of compressed air filters. Filters should be inspected, cleaned, or replaced according to the manufacturer's recommendations or when the pressure drop across the filter exceeds a certain threshold. Pattons offers genuine OEM air compressor parts for major compressor brands, including filters, lubricants, valves, separators, belts, couplings, drains, and more. At Pattons, our systems specialist and service team can assist you in selecting the appropriate compressed air filters for your needs, as well as ensuring that they are correctly installed and maintained. Pattons is the ideal maintenance partner for your air compressor systems. Our comprehensive preventative maintenance program ensures your equipment runs smoothly and efficiently, extending its lifespan and saving you money. With certified technicians available 24/7 and OEM parts, Pattons provides the highest quality service to keep your machines in top condition. Pattons’ service agreements allow you to customize a plan that fits your specific needs, and our skilled service managers monitor and analyze each service to prevent potential failures. Choose Pattons as your compressed air partner and experience worry-free air compressor operation.

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